Nigeria saves N8 billion monthly by eliminating 40,000 ghost workers – Presidency

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun
Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

By getting rid of 40,000 ghost workers, the Muhammadu Buhari administration is saving N8 billion monthly, a presidential aide has said.

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, stated this in a statement issued on Monday on the state of the Nigerian economy.

“See what the current administration is doing to sanitise the huge salary bill by eliminating payroll fraud,” Mr. Shehu said.

“So far, the federal payroll has been rid of about 40,000 ghost workers. More than eight billion naira stolen monthly has been saved.”

He said the Federal Government is also determined to enforce fiscal discipline across the states to check wasteful spending.

He said the Federal Government would force the state governments to reform their spending and build savings and investments.

Mr. Shehu said the reform would include blockage of leakages that allowed government’s revenues to be siphoned into private hands.

“The Federal Government is not limiting the reforms to the centre, but forcing state governments to reform their spending and build savings or investments,’’ he said.

He said that the ongoing probe into the finances of the military authorities was part of the reform aimed at checking corrupt practices in the military establishment.

“Look at what a civilian administration is today doing to the military, investigating their finance and accounts that the military could not do to themselves.

“We are also saving on wasteful expenses like First Class Travel and Private Jets for official trips.

According to the presidential aide, government is also increasing spending on capital projects, especially on infrastructure needed to make Nigerian businesses competitive and create jobs.

“Currently, there is focus on key sectors (apart from oil) that can create jobs and or generate revenue such as Agriculture, Solid Minerals and Manufacturing.’’

He said that if these things had been done when the oil price was as high as $140 per barrel, Nigeria would not be in the current predicament.

“We would not be suffering now if we had no cash reserves, but we had regular supply of power, a good rail system, good roads and good housing.

“Now that the oil has fallen as low as 28 dollars per barrel, it is very difficult to do what is needed but they must be done to save Nigeria.

“There is no other way if we want to be honest.

“If PDP were still in power they would have continued deceiving people, by borrowing to fund stealing and wastage and the problem would have simply been postponed for future generations to face.”

Mr. Shehu also responded to criticisms that the Buhari administration’s economic policies were not clear.

“There are many who say that this Government’s economic strategy is unclear whereas the previous government seemed well co-ordinated,” he said.

“I will make the confession that we, the officials hired to communicate government policies, that includes myself, have not done as well as we should have.

“The truth is that more than any other time before, there is a clear direction and strategy for achieving growth and development.

“Revisionists may not agree, but the truth of the matter is that the previous administration only had one issue, which was how to spend money (oil revenues and borrowed money).’’

He said that the spending by the past administration was focused on the wrong things and even though the economy seemed to be growing it was not sustainable.


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  • Abidilagungun

    Hmmmm, story story… STORY! Abeg give us food make we chop oooo

  • thusspokez

    Nigeria saves N8 billion monthly by eliminating 40,000 ghost workers – Presidency

    This problem could be solved in a matter of weeks:

    1. Issue ID cards to every government employee
    2. Install Industrial-strength Clocking-in-Machines
    3. Make it compulsory for every employee — including ministers — to clock-in on arrival and clock-out on departure from work.

    Why has no one in the Buhari administration thought about this soooooooo elementary solution? Are they all brain dead?Gosh Nigerians!

    • Höly Wähala

      Shut up!

      • thusspokez

        Keep washing [oops! ‘researching’] dirty pots in Germany. With the success of the rightwing Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), even this job will be denied to you soon and you will even be sent back to Nigeria.

        • Höly Wähala

          Deportee… you will soon start fighting on the streets for agage bread, shameless clown, deported from Germany for rape and now a full.blown sufferhead in 3rd World… whatever anyone does here, at least he gets paid and at N500-to-euro any refugee can feed your entire village. Monkey. Rapist!

          • Mufu Ola

            Who did he rape? I’m just curious.

          • Höly Wähala

            A Siguena girl in Germany that’s why his application for asylum was quashed and the tout promtply deported… he made Headline News here in Germo. Oloriburuku somebody is that clown, don’t mind him. Curiosity satisfied? Save your sympathies for worthy cause, he’s not worth it… lol.

          • thusspokez

            deported from Germany

            How could I have been deported from Germany when I have never been to Germany, stµpid?

            sufferhead in 3rd World

            I don’t live in Nigeria but so what? I also suggest that you watch the archive films of Germany after the second war.

            The destruction of Germany was total, and situation was worst than anything Nigeria has ever seen in its history, yet the Germans didn’t run away but worked very hard to rebuilt their country.

            You should therefore be ashamed of yourself for calling Nigeria a third-world country in a condescending manner; and claiming the hardwork of the German people in rebuilding their country.

            You think that marrying a German woman gives you the right to scrounge on the German tax payer and also claim German history? No, it doesn’t!


      They are like you!

    • Ade Omowest

      Why didn’t your hero squander-mania Ebele Jonathan do all what you suggested if he is not ‘brain dead’ to use your term?

      • thusspokez

        Who is my hero, stµpid? Do I look like a dumbass like you who needs a hero?

        • Ade Omowest

          Chaiiiii, Jonah has been abandoned. Even, his supporter @thusspokez:disqus is denying him publicly. I pity Dr. Fortunato Ebele Jonathan.

          • Buhari d daft cow.

            Jonathan has his problems but pillockhari is just a dumbass.without brain.

    • front man

      all you just mentioned had been put to place that was why they were able to discovered ghost workers

      • thusspokez

        Stop lying. Name one federal ministry that has implemented it fully.

  • B. Messi

    Same recycled tunes they used to keep their e-zombies dancing awilo..till the ‘technical recession’ became full blown.
    They said they wanted..jona gave see confusion!
    What is the dollar talking now? Is it N1=$1? Or $1=N425???
    It’s all quiet now. WHERE ARE THE E-ZOMBIES?? GHOST MODE ABI??

    • emmanuel

      Wetin dey do you? One Naira is not equal to one US Dollar. Thank Buhari for good leadership.
      It takes such fantastic brain to achieve such feet with fifteen months

  • new republic

    This useless apc and Tinubu installed govt,will kill many Nigerian with hunger ,before they are kicked out by ARAB SPRING protest.

    • kumi

      Buhari want more power so he can change electoral law in Nigeria and make Nigeria one party state but he can not in Jesus name amen

      • Buhari d daft cow.


  • taiwo

    Good that we save 8billion monthly but how much do we lose monthly? A lot of things are going wrong with the economy. Businesses are folding up. Jobs are being lost. Crime is on the increase. Accident is increasing on our roads. People are committing suicide. This administration should stop blaming past governments or making enemies. Nigerians are the ones suffering for every insensitive words, bad body language and inactions of Mr president. People have been clamouring for restructuring for many years now in different ways and this administration thinks they have the magic wand to transform the economy without restructuring. If the government restructures the political and economic direction of this country, people will be at peace, the country will be less divided and people will invest rather than leave. PMB, you need your enemies to move this nation forward. Your friends today will condemn you by 2019 if you fail to act fast.

  • Man_Enough

    What happened to the ghosts? Because they were not brought to justice, they are the majority of those crying that there is no money and painting the government black.

  • Omoba1

    This is not an achievement that should be repeated so many times like a broken record tape. We need policies to get us out of recession

    • thusspokez

      Just news management to bury bad news about the economy and excite the government dumbass supporters who are easily led like cattle.

  • Martins

    Lies, more lies and damn lies. Propaganda at its best. Who were those that cornered the N8billion monthly? No prosecution? Just a pat on the back to go and sin no more? Anyone who believes this administration will believe anything. How about the 12 presidential aircrafts? Useless people.

  • tunde

    You cannot prosecute anyone because that was stealth perks for carrier bureaucrats.It probably existed for very long time.

  • 24_okeke

    @ shehu please can you tell us what majors the current Fg applied that made them to 8b as you said? its the BVN or what?
    this was what the last Adimistration did that you are also taking the glory

  • favourtalk

    And they said the minister of finance is not doing anything?? this is a great one from the minister and the people, we shall continue to move forward

  • kumi

    How much is 8 billion naira in US dollars 2.4 million this women need to be sacked is this amount for the hole country or for one ministry alone APc and buhari is a big joke

    • joe

      How much is 8million dollars??? So we should sack her for saving 2.4million dollars? Really? So It is better to throw the money to the dogs? – Nigeria as a country refuses to develop, not only because of bad governance but also because of so many backward and unenlightened people among the populace!

    • Mufu Ola

      U’re a joke! Don’t u think so?

      • thusspokez

        You think that everyone who visits this website should be familiar with the Nigerian currency? Might be the case if this forum were your small village — which it is not! On the contrary, this is a news website accessible to everyone in any part of the world.

  • joe

    The keyword here is “borrowing to fund stealing”! People that want the era of Jonathan and Dasuki to return, should think that over. If they have the capacity to think..

  • marc umeh

    They may be ghost workers but those who put them there are not ghosts.
    Why are they not being arrested and prosecuted. How can you stop crime if those apprehended go unpunished ?

  • Otile

    Where is Imam Abu Qaqa when you need him?